Critically acclaimed author Christopher Andersen is a master of celebrity biographies—boasting sixteen bestsellers, among them These Few Precious Days, Mick, and William and Kate. Now, in his latest thrilling book, new and untold details of the life and death of JFK Jr. come to light.
At the heart of The Good Son is the most important relationship in JFK Jr.’s life: that with his mother, the beautiful and mysterious Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Andersen explores his reactions to his mother’s post-Dallas suicidal depression and growing dependence on prescription drugs (as well as men); how Jackie felt about the women in her son’s life, from Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker to Daryl Hannah and Carolyn Bessette, to his turbulent marriage; the plane crash the took his life; and the aftermath of shock, loss, grief, and confusion.
Offering new insights into the intense, tender, often stormy relationship between this iconic mother and son, The Good Son is a riveting, bittersweet biography for lovers of all things Kennedy.
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Table of Contents
Preface: "A Certain Gallantry" xiii
Part 1 His Mother's Son
1 "Please Don't Do It" 3
2 The Son He Had Longed For 15
3 "John, You Can Salute Daddy Now" 41
4 "A Kennedy Never Gives Up" 67
5 "I Want to Help Him Go Back and Find His Father" 91
6 A Shoe Box Full of Diamonds 125
7 The Crown Prince 181
Part 2 John on his Own
8 Just One of the Guys 197
9 "My Mother Will Be Frantic" 213
10 "I'm Not My Father" 243
11 "The Luckiest Man Alive" 291
Sources and Chapter Notes 331